Liverpool suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala as Lacina Traore spurred his team to victory at the Lokomotiv Stadium. Traore’s impressive individual finish came in stoppage time at the end of the first half.
Liverpool have lost just three of their last 23 Europa League matches. The goal was just enough to see Hiddink’s men through and Liverpool see their Europa League progression hanging in the balance.
The Reds fielded a weakened side and had a number of key players rested as they look forward to Sunday’s mouth watering fixture with Chelsea, but manager Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed with his side’s lack of product in the final third. For security reasons, the match was scheduled at Dynamo Stadium in Moscow – 1,000 miles away from their main home ground.
In last month’s corresponding fixture, Anzhi lost to a superb long range effort from Stewart Downing. Brad Jones was in the Liverpool goal again this week and was called into action early on, easily t...